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Communications in New Zealand

Communications in New Zealand are fairly typical for an industrialized nation.


Telephones - main lines in use: 1.92 million (2000)

Telephones - mobile cellular: 2.2 million (2000) Two network operators. GSM, D-AMPS and CDMA systems supported.

Telephone system: excellent international and domestic systems
domestic: Individual lines available to 99% of residences. Electronic exchanges, optical fibre and microwave links between cities and submarine optical fibre cables between North Island and South Island. Two network operators as well as several alternative toll service providers.
international: submarine cables to Australia and Fiji; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (Pacific Ocean)

Radio broadcast stations: AM 124, FM 290, shortwave 4 (1998)

Radios: 3.75 million (1997)

Television broadcast stations: 41 (plus 52 medium-power repeaters and over 650 low-power repeaters) (1997)

Televisions: 1.926 million (1997)

Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 36 (2000)

Internet users: 2.06 million (2002)

Country code (Top level domain): NZ


Much of the material in this article comes from the CIA World Factbook, 2003 edition.

See Also

New Zealand